Nicola Sturgeon announces new Covid restrictions in Scotland

12/21/2021 6:37:00 PM

Football fans have been banned from stadiums after Nicola Sturgeon imposed further Covid restrictions in Scotland 😷

Football fans have been banned from stadiums after Nicola Sturgeon imposed further Covid restrictions in Scotland 😷

Football fans have been banned from stadiums and Hogmanay events are cancelled after Nicola Sturgeon imposed further Covid restrictions in Scotland.

Your Christmas shopping guide to Chelsea Ms Sturgeon said Omicron is the dominant strain in Scotland, accounting for 62.Will there be a new UK lockdown before Christmas as part of Plan B? Hospitality bosses renewed their call for urgent help and accused the government of implementing a"lockdown in everything but name" as figures revealed an increasingly bleak picture for the industry.About sharing Image caption, The Guardian features a photo of Boris Johnson, his wife and 17 staff members in the Downing Street garden with bottles of wine and a cheese board in May 2020.The Treasury said this funding would be kept “under review”, with Chancellor Rishi Sunak adding that Westminster intended to"listen to and work with the devolved administrations in the face of this serious health crisis”.

9 per cent of cases this week, and the R number is “well above three”.The move has been made to cut down transmission of Omicron and because “large events put an additional burden on emergency services”.Late-night venues reported visitor numbers were down 40 per cent after the introduction of Covid passes last week while pub chain Fuller's reported bookings in London are down 80 per cent.Ms Sturgeon told MSPs:"From 27 December, again for a three-week period - we intend to introduce some further protections in hospitality settings and other indoor public places to reduce transmission risk in what are, through no fault of those who run such venues, higher-risk environments.The picture was taken after a news conference where the government warned the public to stick to social-distancing rules."I can confirm that a requirement for table service-only will be reintroduced for venues serving alcohol for consumption on the premises.Research by trade body UK Hospitality found a third of pubs have no cash left and takings are down 46 per cent in December."And we will also ask indoor hospitality and leisure venues to ensure one-metre distance, not within, but between groups of people who are attending together.She said on the meeting: “It was disappointing and frustrating that neither the PM nor the Chancellor attended this evening’s COBRA.

" She added:"This will of course make sports matches, including football, effectively spectator-free over this three week period.The governments' scientific advisors have warned that delaying restrictions could lead to tens of thousands more hospital admissions and mean that restrictions may ultimately need to be in place for longer.Image caption, "It's all looking a bit ominous" says the Metro.“And it will also mean that large-scale Hogmanay celebrations - including that planned here in our capital city - will not proceed.” Physical distancing of 1m will be put in place for all public events."Unfortunately I must say to people that we will have to reserve the possibility of taking further action to protect the public, to protect public health, to protect our NHS," the prime minister said.The restrictions do not apply to private events such as weddings.Image caption, The i leads with "Christmas restrictions hang in the balance" and reports that the health secretary refuses to rule out tougher measures to halt the transmission of Covid-19 in the UK.People in Scotland should keep socialising to a minimum during the New Year, Ms Sturgeon added." Experts warned that a"circuit-breaker" lockdown after Christmas currently being considered by ministers could cause job losses and business failures unless it comes with targeted financial support.

She told MSPs: “Difficult though it is, please follow this advice over New Year – minimise Hogmanay socialising as much as you can.“If we all follow the advice to minimise the contact we have outside our own households, we will help limit the spread of infections.Pubs, theatres and the rest are being hammered," said Torsten Bell, chief executive of the Resolution Foundation.Image caption, "No guarantees' of escape from tougher Xmas rule" is the Daily Telegraph's headline and the paper warns that tougher restrictions could "put a dampener" on family gatherings during the holidays.This is the bedrock of our plan for the immediate period ahead.“It is currently spreading rapidly across Scotland, and so the steep increase in infections that was predicted last week has now started to materialise.“What pubs, social clubs and their supply chains need is a new, comprehensive support package from the government.” This year’s Christmas will be “more normal” than last year’s despite the newly announced restrictions, she said.Image caption, The Sun headlines with the punnish "Jingle Bell Lock" and reports that the target set by the UK government to administer one million Covid jabs in a day has been met.

She added: “Just a few days before Christmas, I am again urging people to stay at home as much as possible, to slow down a highly infectious new variant.Existing financial schemes designed to get the hospitality sector through reopening are simply not good enough when the actions of the Government are driving consumers away from pubs in their masses.“But, although it may not feel like it, we are in a much stronger position than last year.We have had far fewer restrictions in place for much of this year than was the case last year.Many firms had previously been receiving 10 per cent off their rates.It reports that she is now responsible for resolving issues with the Northern Ireland Protocol, including the dispute over the role of the European Court of Justice.Christmas Day will be more normal.“Most importantly, a rapidly increasing number of adults is now protected by three doses of vaccine.While the tax relief has been welcomed, it does not replace billions of pounds in lost revenues.

” Scotland recorded an additional 5,242 new Covid cases on Tuesday, a decrease from Monday’s figure of 6,734.Image caption, The Daily Star says that "Santa's biscuits" are "set to rise", as fears grow about soaring prices for a popular brand.The total number of cases in Scotland is now at 811,927.One third of those polled predict they will be forced to close within a month.MORE ABOUT.

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